Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Diagnostic imaging is performed using electromagnetic radiation and other technologies. This enables us to create highly detailed images of the internal structures of your pet.
At Whitesburg Animal Hospital, we utilize advanced diagnostic tools to aid in the accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical problems. We provide a range of services, including digital radiology, ultrasound, and cold laser therapy.
With our diagnostic imaging capabilities, we can quickly and accurately diagnose your pet's condition and offer immediate treatment options.
In-House Lab & Veterinary Pharmacy in Huntsville
In our in-house laboratory, we run tests and get results quickly so that we can diagnose your pet's symptoms and begin treatment as soon as possible.
Our Huntsville pet pharmacy is stocked with a variety of prescription diets and medications, allowing us quick access to any medications your pet may require while in our care.
Our Diagnostic Services
We are pleased to offer advanced diagnostic testing through our in-house veterinary diagnostics lab, which enables our veterinarians to make an accurate diagnosis of your pet's medical problems.
- Radiography (Digital X-rays)
We can examine your pet's internal systems with a radiograph (digital x-ray) to reveal information that isn't visible from the outside.
Radiography is a painless, non-invasive procedure. It only uses very low radiation doses. Because the amount of radiation required for radiography is so low, even pregnant women and young pets can have this procedure done.
Broken bones, chronic arthritis, bladder stones, spinal cord diseases, and some tumors can all be diagnosed with radiographs.
Diagnostic imaging allows our veterinary team to create extremely detailed images of your pet's internal structures.
We use ultrasound imaging to create images of the inside of the body by exposing a portion of the body to high-frequency sound waves.
We can see the structure and movement of your pet's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels because we capture ultrasound images in real-time.
Because we have this valuable technology available to our veterinarians in our in-house lab, your dog or cat's condition can be diagnosed quickly and treatment can begin sooner.
An endoscope is a very small camera attached to the end of a flexible tube with a light.
Endoscopy is a procedure in which a long, thin tube is inserted directly into the body to allow for a detailed examination of an internal organ or tissue.
Endoscopes with minimally invasive techniques can be inserted into body openings such as the mouth or anus.
We can run a variety of common and specialized blood tests to determine your pet's health and diagnose illness at our veterinary lab in Huntsville.
CBC (complete blood count), white blood count, hemoglobin and MCHC, hematocrit, platelets, eosinophils, and blood serum profile are some of the most common veterinary blood tests we perform.
Urinalysis is a critical diagnostic test that provides your veterinarian with critical information about the physical and chemical properties of your pet's urine.
Urinalysis is primarily used to evaluate the health of your animal's kidneys and urinary tract system, but it can also be useful in detecting problems in other organ systems and is critical in diagnosing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.
This is an important diagnostic test for both healthy and sick animals, and it should be included in any comprehensive assessment of your pet's overall health.
- Fecal Exams
A fecal exam is a microscopic examination of your pet's feces that can be performed at our on-site veterinarian laboratory in Huntsville.
The ultimate goal of a fecal exam is to identify and treat any gastrointestinal infections that may be compromising your pet's health, as well as your family's health. Fecals enable your veterinarian to diagnose intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms in your pet.
Parasites can make pets feel uneasy and irritable, and can even result in more serious conditions. Some are even transmissible to humans.
Due to their residence in your pet's gastrointestinal tract, these parasites are frequently hidden from view. They are only detectable through a fecal examination.
Fecal examinations should be included in every pet's routine wellness exam on an annual basis.
- CT Scans
CT (computed tomography) scans combine X-ray images with computer technology to aid in the identification and diagnosis of a wide range of diseases and disorders in your pet's body. They've evolved into a vital imaging tool in veterinary medicine.
- ECG / EKG
We usually take chest X-Rays and an electrocardiogram (ECG / EKG) if your veterinarian performs a physical examination and suspects your pet has a heart disorder.
This procedure is simple and quick to complete. It reveals information that may be critical to your pet's diagnosis. In other cases, a cardiac ultrasound may be required to identify problems in the heart's chambers.
- Digital Dental X-Rays
If your cat or dog has periodontal disease, the majority of the damage occurs below the gum line, where it is difficult to see. Our veterinarians use digital dental X-rays to assess your pet's oral health.
Digital X-rays are more pet-friendly. They enable our team of veterinary professionals to examine your cat or dog's teeth roots, bones, and internal anatomy.
The risk of radiation exposure to your pet is significantly lower with digital X-Rays than with traditional X-Ray technology. We can see beneath the surface of your pet's gum line in order to thoroughly evaluate each tooth.
This technology allows your Huntsville vet to see results immediately, then project them onto a computer screen to review.